Ted Nash was born in Los Angeles, where his interest in music started at an early age. He
was encouraged by his father, trombonist Dick Nash, and uncle, reedman Ted Nash, both
well-known studio musicians. He first came to New York at the age of eighteen and became
a regular member of the Gerry Mulligan Big Band, the National Jazz Ensemble, and the Mel
Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the latter an association that would last for more than ten years.
A saxophonist, conductor, composer, and educator, Nash is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra and the Jazz Composers Collective, as well as a leader of his own groups
Odeon, Still Evolved and Double Quartet. His recordings have received numerous awards,
including top ten CDs by The New York Times, Village Voice, Boston Globe, New York
Newsday, The New Yorker, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazz Times. He has won three SESAC
National Performance Activity Awards for success in radio play.
In 2010, Nash received a Grammy Award nomination for his most recent release, “Portrait in